Zacco is a true European full-service IP firm with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. There are more than 500 experts working here, including around 125 authorised patent attorneys and 75 authorised trademark and design attorneys and attorneys at law. We cover seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, and operate internationally through a comprehensive network of trusted long-term global partners.
Both Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved Top Tier or Gold rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500, which we believe independently verifies our commitment to quality, excellence and innovation.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Zacco’s international presence ensures that clients need only a single point of contact to handle all their IP prosecution in several European jurisdictions. Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco has an expert ready to assist clients in nearly all current and emerging fields of technology. As a client, you will find a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner able to help you secure, protect and enforce your ideas, whether you work in chemistry, greentech, mechanics, materials or biotech or emerging areas of digitalisation, software, AI and machine learning, among many others.
Our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on EU trademark practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EUIPO.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts in IP litigation and dispute matters, clients can rely on Zacco to represent them across our seven jurisdictions and beyond. Unlike more traditional law firms, we are renowned experts in intellectual property, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests and enforce your intellectual property. Our experts can represent you directly, or provide litigation support to another legal counsel acting as your trusted representative before the authorities.
In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides a full range of cross border IP legal services. These services are offered through cooperation with law firms and lawyers working with Zacco throughout Scandinavia, the UK and Germany.
The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance related to IP. This includes, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of contracts or licensing agreements, Data Protection and other compliance matters, marketing law, e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, customs surveillance and counterfeit prevention, among other areas. Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before national courts and the European Court of Justice.
With a significant portion of IP infringement now taking place online, we have introduced services to help clients stay ahead of new and emerging threats to both physical and digital IP. Our Digital Brands team can actively monitor your IP and brand rights online, assisting with registration and securing of traditional and emerging domains, and identifying potential counterfeits or infringements across online marketplaces, social media and the metaverse.
Our vision – IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of our clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets – everything that you literally cannot put your finger on. We help define them, evaluate them, release their hidden value and protect them, now and in the future.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco continuously evolves to best serve the changing needs of intellectual property. Digitalisation means that traditional borders or sectors may no longer apply and we have broadened our scope of services to meet the implications, threats and opportunities that emerge.
Due to our size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as, IP portfolio management, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and secure software development.
More than 150 years of experience with innovative thinking
We have a long history of working with international IP, dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on collaboration, the development and expansion of our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has become one of Europe’s leading IP firms.
Bryn Aarflot AS is a full-service IP boutique and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. The firm provides services on all levels and across all disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, including patent, design and trademark clearance/FTO, filing and prosecution services, as well as legal assistance, enforcement and litigation services within said fields, copyrights, unfair competition and more. From its office in Oslo, Norway, the firm assists a number of foreign clients of all sizes in clearing, protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property in Norway, as well as Norwegian companies with similar interests in Norway and abroad.
Established in 1947, Bryn Aarflot has strong roots and a long history in the IP environment. Throughout the years, the firm has built solid and valuable professional relationships with a large network of highly qualified attorneys, law firms and IP agents across the globe, enabling swift and adequate handling of virtually any IP-related challenge its clients may meet, without territorial boundaries.
With a strong foothold in traditional patent and trademark prosecution services, while constantly looking to evolve and adapt according to market trends and demands, Bryn Aarflot has expanded its scope of services into the contentious arena and other aspects of IP-related services. Today, the firm stands out as one of Norway’s most successful full-service IP firms. By offering clients a full range of high-quality IP services, the company assists clients throughout the lifecycle of any intangible asset or IP right.
The firm is one of Norway’s largest of its kind, with a strong team of highly experienced lawyers and European Patent Attorneys covering all fields of technology and intellectual property and related areas of law. It also has a highly experienced administrative staff, ensuring diligent monitoring and handling of deadlines and formal requirements.
During the last years, the company’s litigation work has sharply increased, with several court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.
A small team of the company’s lawyers is now working primarily on contentious matters across all disciplines of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, design and unfair competition.
The firm currently counts 24 attorneys in total. This includes 15 European Patent Attorneys, of which nine are partners at different levels. Of the nine Attorneys-at-Law, eight are partners on different levels. In addition, the company CEO, Kristine Aarflot, who is a senior partner in the firm, holds approximately 20 years of experience as a trademark attorney.
Bryn Aarflot is regularly recognized as a top-tier IP firm in Norway by a number of legal publications. The company was named “IP Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2016 and 2017 as well as in 2020, and has been shortlisted for this award, and ranked as a top tier firm in both trademark and patent prosecution each year for at least the last decade. In 2015- 2020, Bryn Aarflot was also ranked in the contentious categories for trademark/copyright and patent. Several of the firm’s attorneys are regularly named among the top professionals within their respective fields of expertise in different IP awards by other renowned publications, such as the IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, ILO Client Choice Awards (wins throughout 2013-2019), Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, etc.
Bryn Aarflot made the top rankings in the WTR 1000 for the years 2011 to 2020 and several of its partners were listed in the individual rankings for each of these years. In the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of the WTR 1000, the firm had more individuals listed than any other Norwegian firm. Several of the firm’s lawyers are actively engaged in national and international IP associations such as FONIP (Norwegian daughter association of FICPI), and sub-committees of INTA, and in giving lectures and writing articles for various professional publications. The firm aims to be Norway’s most client-attentive, adaptive and service-minded IP firm, making the Bryn Aarflot name synonymous with proactive attendance to client interests and needs.
Network Memberships INTA, ECTA, AIPPI, EPI, FICPI, LES, Norwegian Bar Association
Acapo is one of the leading Intellectual Property consultancy firms in Norway with offices in Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim and Fredrikstad. Acapo deals exclusively with intellectual property rights, and we cover the whole range og IPR services. We represent a large number of successful national and international companies as well as several research institutions with respect to their intellectual rights. We always aim for the highest degree of quality and service.
Our services include advisory services within all fields of IPR. Filing and prosecution of applications for European and Norwegian patents is within our core field of business. Our lawyers attend to litigation of cases pertaining to i.a. patents, trademarks and marketing law. The highly skilled staff of Acapo handles filing of applications for Norwegian trademark and design registrations.
As a full-serviced IPR-firm, Acapo also attend to maintenance of patents, and design and trademark registrations.
Memberships: INTA, FICPI, ITMA, EPI, The Norwegian Patent Attorney Association , Marques, LESI, The Norwegian Bar Association.
Plougmann Vingtoft is an award-winning IP consulting firm that specialises in handling, protecting, and commercialising IPR as well as the strategic use hereof. Plougmann Vingtoft has a large team of dedicated employees working out of the headquarters in Hellerup (Copenhagen) and three additional offices in respectively Aarhus, Oslo, and Madrid. Further, the firm has a comprehensive network of business partners and agents around the globe, which enables the firm to provide services for clients in any part of the world, both directly and through international agents.
Full-service IP Consulting:
Plougmann Vingtoft is a full-service consultancy. The firm employs some of the best patent-, trademark and design attorneys, including 15 examined European Patent Attorneys and 7 European Trademark and Design Attorneys, as well as a well-educated team of paralegals to support attorneys and handle all IP administration, which ensures a cost-efficient, well-operated and highly professional service to all clients. Besides well-known IP services, Plougmann Vingtoft firm has an in-house commercialization and tech-transfer team, which is marketed under a separate brand “tto” (www.tto.eu). Tto specializes in generating value from new technologies in combination with IPR. The tto experts assist clients facing challenges in a transition phase from early stage development to commercialization or exit.
Plougmann Vingtoft’s IP attorneys conduct searches and analyses, prepare IP strategies and evaluations in addition to drafting and prosecuting IP applications. Also, the company has extensive experience in representing various firms in complex opposition and litigation cases before the European Patent Office (EPO) and national courts in Denmark and Norway.
Recognition & awards:
For 14 consecutive years, the company has been placed in Managing IP’s Tier 1. IAM Patent 1000 describes Plougmann Vingtoft as follows: “A powerhouse on the Danish IP landscape, Plougmann Vingtoft has a lot to offer innovative companies in need of futureproofed patent protection “It continuously educates its attorneys in best practices, and produces fantastic applications and a high-quality service”.” While WTR 1000 writes the following: “A persuasive all-round performer, Plougmann Vingtoft dispenses precision drafting, prosecution and portfolio management services.”
Network Memberships: EPI, FICPI, AIPPI, ADIPA (Denmark), NPF (Norway), LES, APPA, INTA, ECTA, DIFI, UN Global Compact.
Number of EPAs: 15
Number of European Trademark and Design Attorneys: 6